2020 Disability Questionnaire

from AAPD on August 1:

2020 Presidential Questionnaire on Disability Policies  

Washington, D.C. –  The 2020 Presidential elections will have significant implications for 20 percent of the US population- people with disabilities. As we move towards election day, the American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) REV UP Campaign and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) have developed a Presidential Questionnaire on Disability Policies. Through their responses to this questionnaire candidates will share their views and positions on key disability policy priorities.

“There will be over 35 million eligible voters with disabilities in 2020. We encourage all the Presidential candidates to engage the Disability vote,” said Maria Town, President & CEO of AAPD. “Our organizations are committed to empowering our community and speaking out about critical issues with the candidates.”

The Presidential Questionnaire on Disability Policies has been sent to all the 2020 Presidential candidates. Each campaign has been asked to return the questionnaire by September 6th so AAPD/NCIL can share their responses to our community before the September Presidential debate. All other responses will be posted after the October debate on an ongoing basis.

“It is important for the candidates to stay informed on disability policies and engage in initiatives that empower our community,” said Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of NCIL. “We encourage voters to reach out to the Presidential candidates, including through social media, to share the Presidential questionnaire and request their responses.”

The Presidential Questionnaire is split into categories such as:

  • Civil Rights
  • Climate Change & Emergency Preparedness
  • Healthcare
  • Employment
  • Education

You can find a copy of the Presidential Questionnaire on Disability Policies through this link: https://www.aapd.com/2020-presidential-candidate-questionnaire-on-disability-policies/.

Census and Internet Access

The Census Could Undercount People Who Don’t Have Internet Access

From Slate.com by Jessica Rosenworcel  July 29, 2019

Each national census (every 10 years) is mandated by the Constitution.  The data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representative, and is used to distribute federal funds to local communities.  In other words, these numbers are critical, and could determine if a community gets fair representation and needed federal funds.

The 2020 Census can be completed on-line.  This Slate.com article details several problems with this methodology, and the risks of under-counting large groups of people who are not on-line.  “The Pew Research Center reports that nearly half of adults who earn less than $30,000 do not have broadband service at home. ”  This group almost certainly includes many people with disabilities.  In other words, the 2020 census will have a direct on the voting impact and federal dollars, with under-represented groups losing out.

Democratic Presidential Debates – July 30 and 31

How to watch the second 2020 Democratic presidential debate

From cbsnews.com by Grace Segers, July 29, 2019

Second Democratic debate schedule

Dates: Tuesday, July 30 & Wednesday, July 31
Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST
Location: Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

How to watch the second 2020 Democratic debate

Official TV broadcast: CNN
Free online stream: CNN.com, CNN apps
Additional coverage: Watch CBSN for live coverage of the debates before, during and after

There are also Democratic Watch parties in most communities.  If you are a Democrat, try contacting your local Town Committee or other organization.

DNC debate candidates for July 30

  • Marianne Williamson
  • Tim Ryan
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • John Hickenlooper
  • John Delaney
  • Steve Bullock

DNC debate candidates for July 31

  • Michael Bennet
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Julian Castro
  • Cory Booker
  • Joe Biden
  • Kamala Harris
  • Andrew Yang
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Jay Inslee
  • Bill de Blasio

Candidates who did not qualify for the debate

  • Seth Moulton
  • Tom Steyer
  • Mike Gravel
  • Joe Sestak
  • Wayne Messam


ADA Celebration in Boston with Automark!

Automark Demo at ADA Celebration!

Boston’s Election Department will have an Automark Machine set up.  They will be training attendees who may not have used one before or would like a refresher on how the Automark works.

ADA Celebration in Boston

Tuesday, July 23:  12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Boston City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Square, Boston

A free event for children, families, and individuals of all abilities!
ADA Celebration Day is a yearly celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is held in Boston around the last week of July near the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signing. Each year, we honor a local organization that has made an impact on accessibility or inclusion in Boston. ADA Celebration Day is an event for people of all ages and all abilities to come together and celebrate a milestone in the disability community.

The public is invited to join us for:

  • Food
  • Music
  • Resource fair
  • Friends, and
  • Fun

ASL and CART provided. For additional accommodation requests, call 617-635-3682 or e-mail disability@boston.gov.

Webinar: Staying Nonpartisan – Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations (July 31)

     July 31 at 2 p.m. ET
Register Online:
     David Levitt of Adler & Colvin
When hyperpartisanship seems to define our times, how can we, as nonprofits, remain reliable sources of information to those we serve without crossing the line?
From voter registration to candidate engagement, social media to personal time, you have a lot of questions, join us on July 31 at 2pmET as David Levitt of Adler & Colvin walks us through the do’s and don’ts of nonprofit voter engagement activity.
Offered free by Nonprofit Vote.

Time Mag: Voter Turnout Surged Among People With Disabilities Last Year

Voter Turnout Surged Among People With Disabilities Last Year. Activists Want to Make Sure That Continues in 2020

Time Magazine
July 10, 2019 by Abigail Abrams

…” new data shows that politicians who ignore disabled Americans may be missing out on a growing group of voters whose support could be up for grabs in 2020 — and activists are hoping to take advantage of this momentum.” …

This article contains several links to important ongoing efforts to get the vote out and to improve the focus on disability issues with our candidates and elected officials, including REV Up and NCIL.

Read the article at https://time.com/5622652/disability-voter-turnout-2020/

Voter turnout increase was documented in a pdf Rutgers Report from researchers at Rutgers University.  “Voter turnout surged by 8.5 points in 2018 among citizens with disabilities relative to the 2014 midterm elections.”

AAPD also has a press release describing this positive information!

2020 Presidential Primary Candidate Survey on Disability

From the Disability Rights Center in New Hampshire.  DRC partners with 24 disability advocacy organizations in NH.

In an effort to inform individuals with disabilities about the 2020 presidential primary candidates twenty-four New Hampshire based organizations joined together and requested that each campaign answer five disability related questions. You can view candidate responses below, either by selecting a particular candidate or by selecting a particular question.

Topics included are:

  • Employment’
  • Assistive Technology
  • Special Education
  • Mental Health Services
  • Workforce Shortage

You can view the answers by candidate, or by question.



July 15 – 19: National Disability Voter Registration Week!

July 15 – 19, 2019

Be Seen.  Be Heard.  Be Counted.

“In 2020, approximately 23% of the American electorate — over 35 million individuals — will be people with disabilities. Your vote affects everything. Who you vote for impacts your civil rights and direct access to health care, education, transportation, housing and the list goes on and on. We encourage you to participate in our non-partisan REV UP campaign to increase the political power & civic participation of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues.”  from AAPD – American Association of People with Disabilities

National Disability Voter Registration Week